R. Ashwin will now breathe a sigh of relief

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has recently made significant changes to the laws of cricket. While a no. of laws have been modified, the eye-grabbing reform is the Mankad law. Over the years we have seen few Mankad cases where the bowler have run-out the non-striker before delivering the ball when the batsman has stood out of the crease before the ball has been released.

The MCC has now moved the Mankad law from Law 41 (unfair play) to Law 38 (Runout). When one talks about the Mankad cases, R. Ashwin comes to the mind. The bowler has been involved in a number of Mankad cases in both international and IPL cricket. While critics have pointed out that Ashwin has been well-within the rights of mankading a non-striker, the spinner has received a flak from the majority of cricket community as mankading was considered “unfair play” but not anymore.

The MCC has made changes to the laws of Law 1, 18, 20.4.2.12, 21.4, 22.1, 25.8, 27.4, 28.6, 38.3, 41.3. The laws will come into effect from 1st October 2022.

Law 18 – Batters returning when Caught

Upon the dismissal of a batsman, it is mandatory for the new batsman to take strike, irrespective whether the previous batsman and non-striker has crossed each other or not while running. However, in case the batsman got out on the last ball of the over, then the new batsman will not have to face the next ball.

Law 20.4.2.12 – Dead ball

Upon the invasion of person, animal, bird or anything that can cause disadvantage to the players on the field, the umpires will now call the ball as dead ball.

Law 21.4 – Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

This is one of the rarest scenarios that is unlikely to take place in cricket. According to this law, if the bowler attempts to run out the strike player before releasing the ball, then the ball would be called as No ball.

Law 25.8 – Striker’s right to play the ball

If the ball lands on an area other than the pitch, the striker has the right to hit the ball as long as some part of his bat or of his body remains on the pitch. If the batsman is unable to do that, the umpire will signal dead ball. Any ball which forces the batsman to leave the pitch will be called no-ball also.

Law 38.3 – moving the running out of the non-striker

This is the Mankad law which will now allow the bowler to runout the non-striker before releasing the ball if the non-striker is out of the crease.

Law 41.3 – No saliva

When Cricket resumed in the Covid era, the use of Saliva was strictly prohibited. According to MCC’s research, the non-usage of Saliva on the ball did not made the ball swing less. The research also says that the bowlers used sweat and it was ‘equally effective’.

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